Dagmar Rutzen: Candidate Profile

North Maine Fire Board (6-year Term) (Independent)

  • Dagmar Rutzen, running for North Maine Fire Board (6-year Term)

    Dagmar Rutzen, running for North Maine Fire Board (6-year Term)

Updated 2/22/2013 6:28 PM




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City: Des Plaines

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: North Maine Fire Board (6-year Term)

Age: 68

Family: two children and one grandchild

Occupation: retired teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction

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Civic involvement: Chief Deputy Director of Maine Township Office of Emergency Management, volunteer hike leader for special events at Starved Rock State Park, volunteer for Boy Scouts swim program, member of Neighborhood Watch, amateur ham radio operator for Skywarn Net, instrumental in creating and implementing the crisis plan that is used in all District 62 schools, fire commissioner

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: no

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

I want to make sure that our residents receive the best possible service we can provide.

Key Issue 2

I want to make sure that we conduct business in a financially sound way.

Key Issue 3

I want to make sure that our firefighters are well equipped and trained so that they are able to safely do their jobs.

Questions & Answers

Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.

One the hardest jobs the board will have is to provide the services needed for our residents with a drastic reduction in our income. We need to find ways to do more with less.


How should the fire protection district improve its services?

We need to look to expand our cooperation with neighboring fire departments that are mutually beneficial.

Are you satisfied with the district's response times? If yes, please explain; if no, please offer your suggestions on how to improve.

I am satisfied with the district's response times. Since the area we cover is relatively small, we are able to reach the residents in a very timely manner.

What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve on the fire district board?

I have lived and worked in the district for almost 30 years. Since 2002 I have enjoyed working with the North Maine Fire Protection District as one of their Fire Commissioners. Prior to my appointment as trustee, I have taken many training classes to prepare for the role of trustee. My math background will be very helpful when it comes to working with budgets and levies. I will be bringing unique knowledge, valuable experience and expertise to the North Maine Fire Protection District in the role of trustee.

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Candidate did not respond.